Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Celebrating Women in Engineering & Science
We spoke with five women who lead their fields in engineering and science
Briefs: Materials
Production Method for High-Performance Polymer
A new composite nanoparticle catalyst produces a polymer to make body armor and other high-performance fabrics.

Dr. Valle, an academic professional in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, received her...

5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
5 Ws of PAWS Smart Headphones
Learn about the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS), a low-cost, headset-based, wearable platform.
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: March 2020 Tech Briefs

Midwest Engineered Systems, Waukesha, WI, offers the ADDere metal 3D printing system that consists of a 6-axis industrial robot combined with a 2-axis coordinated motion workpiece...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Unmanned Systems - March 2020

The latest advances in aerial, ground, and underwater unmanned systems are covered in this special report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - March 2020

See how the latest test tools and methodologies are enabling new applications in aerospace, automotive, communications, and other key fields. This compendium of recent articles is presented by the editors of...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Miniature Cartridge Heaters

Miniature cartridge heaters are designed to fit applications where space is at a premium. They are available in low, medium and high watt densities. Applications including medical devices, printers, monitoring...

University of Washington engineer James Koch observed patterns in a promising, but often-unpredictable rocket part: The rotating detonation engine.
On-Demand Webinars: Software
Using Simulation to Design Robust Adhesively Bonded Structures

Engineers are increasingly relying upon adhesive bonding to improve the mechanical performance of their structures and devices. For example, the automotive industry is using adhesives to make vehicles lighter and thus more fuel efficient. In the electronics industry, novel...

How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Rain Become a Viable Energy Source?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the power of a droplet energy generator – specifically the system’s ability to light up 100 LEDs with just a small amount of water.

An energy breakthrough from the City University of Hong Kong finds power in a single drop of water – up to 140 volts, in fact.
White Papers: Defense
Digital Transformation Do-Over: How to Restart on the Right Foot

Don’t give up on digital transformation projects that have not delivered as expected. The root cause of failure often lies in data preparation. This tech brief explains how...

White Papers: Automotive
Electronic Latching Solutions for Aircraft Interiors

As Aircraft OEMs concentrate on upgrading cabin interiors, engineers are beginning to investigate new electronic latching solutions for access panels, storage bins, lavatories and galleys....

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

As additive manufacturing and the 3D printing of production parts become more commonplace in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries, these parts will require more advanced inspection and testing to ensure they meet requirements for structural strength and stability. Whether plastic or...

White Papers: FDA/Regulatory
Delving Deeper into FDA Warning Letters

Provides insight into the issuance of FDA warning letters and what the FDA is expecting to see in your response to show your intentions to address the compliance issues. This will provide hands on...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Why Quality Matters

The pressure to cut costs, increase margins and invest in transformative technologies often leaves little left to spend on quality. However, these pressures encourage a status quo approach to quality that results in...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

As metal 3D printing has become a more popular means for the rapid prototyping and production of metal parts, it can be difficult to navigate the various technologies and materials. What kind of parts can you expect from a metal 3D printer, and do they vary from system to system?

White Papers: Design
Evaluating Connectors for Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet in Military and Aerospace Applications

As military and aerospace applications move toward Gigabit and 10G networks, standard military connector technology has not kept pace. To...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bottom-line Reasons for Using Additive Manufactured Production Tooling

High fabrication costs, long lead times and the cost to carry inventory don’t need to be the rule of the day when it comes to making production tooling. Additive...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Cooling Coatings Catch On?

This month’s Tech Briefs featured a potential alternative to the air conditioner: A painted-on polymer coating that can cool down a building.

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
Maximize Productivity and Minimize Costs with New Aerospace Structural Adhesives

Cost-out initiatives are affecting many manufacturers and operators throughout the aerospace value chain. Improving assembly productivity, reducing weight, and extending the lifetime of parts can contribute to a reduction in costs.

See what the SuperCam will do when it arrives on Mars in 2021.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Recommended Compression and Tension Adapters for Force Calibration

Want to learn more about force measurement errors and the impact the wrong adapters can have? The wrong adapters can produce measurement errors up to 20 times that of when...

White Papers: Connectivity
New Ways to Increase Productivity with ‘Smart’ Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) like the Festo Motion Terminal promise to increase production, simplify value chain processes and future-proof plants. In a new white paper, we explore...

Question of the Week: Communications
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

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